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FIRST UNITED

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Copenhagen & The Øresund...

December 2011


Copenhagen & The Øresund - The Evergreen Region

Sustainability, ecology and the carbon footprint are topics that are ever present in 21st century Copenhagen – in the solution of architectural, transportation, horticultural, urban planning and energy related tasks.

First United can offer a time and energy effective three-day/two-night programme which year round can provide participants with an insight in to sustainability as it is being applied around the Oresund.

Choose between accommodation at Axel Hotel Guldsmeden, Scandic Hotel Palace or Hotel Kong Arthur, each of which has a strong focus on the application of the principles of sustainability in daily hotel operations and the fulfilment of social responsibility roles. This ranges from purchasing green energy produced by watermills and windmills as well as solar energy and bio-fuel across the provision of organic, fair trade meals and organic care products to recycling and waste management as well as activities such as donating used bed linens and towels to shelters for the homeless, the purchase of carbon credits, investment in environment friendly energy sources and actively supporting the expansion of the world's forests.

Within three concentrated days, participants can experience a program with the following features:

Day 1
A five minute motor coach transfer from the airport to KastrupHarbour – board a waiting boat for a trip past the offshore wind turbines on Middelgrunden (annual production 89.000 MW) before continuing to the city centre quay. From the quay, enjoy a short tour on foot through the core of Copenhagen to the hotel.

Transfer from the hotel to the restaurant by environmentally friendly rickshaws. Enjoy your dinner at Restaurant Cap Horn, where the focus is firmly on the use of organic ingredients.

Day 2
Start the day with a conscience and climate friendly sightseeing tour of the city by bicycle, followed by lunch at Julian Restaurant in National Museum which, apart from the provision of good, eco-friendly food is strongly focused on the reduction of its production of CO2, and it is the leader of the city’s group of Klima+ restaurants.

After lunch, visit Christiania - an alternative society with an ecological lifestyle originally founded in 1971 by hippies as part of the Danish counter-culture movement.

Dinner this evening at Brew Pub, a micro-brewery, with its own restaurant and bar, located just off Copenhagen’s City Hall square.

Day 3
For today’s programme, you will be transported by a modern motor coach fuelled by biogas. The programme will take you across the ØresundBridge to Malmö, Sweden where you will see that not only Copenhagen but the whole Øresund Region is extremely focussed on climate friendly development.

Visit Malmo’s Western Harbour district (one of several possibilities) which now boasts a multitude of architectural solutions with minimal environmental impact and resource use. The district is provided exclusively with energy from renewable sources such as sun, wind and water – a 2MW wind power plant, 1,400 m2 of solar panelling and heat pumps which extract heat from the sea and the bedrock and water is collected locally and captured to a large extent by the moss and sedum matting on the roofs.     

Enjoy lunch at the ecological Restaurant Salt & Brygga – food inspired by Mediterranean cuisine and created using organic produce, mainly from local farmers and fishers.

After lunch, return across the ØresundBridge and check in at CopenhagenAirport for departure.

 

Destination Notes

Christmas

In keeping with the best of seasonal traditions, the Tivoli Christmas Market will once again welcome guests from all over the world to experience the unique atmosphere of Christmas in Copenhagen. The market is open until December 30th (except for December 24th and 25th): the small booths selling Christmas goodies, the decorations, the roast chestnuts over glowing braziers and the tempting smell of “gløgg” are the essence of Christmas in Copenhagen. This year, the market features as its centrepiece a Russian Village, complete with “Father Frost”, a replica of the Vasilij Cathedral and a choir of Christmas leprechauns singing Russian Christmas songs.

Accessibility

Since August, Emirates have been serving Copenhagen from Dubai with a daily flight, departing Dubai at 08:30 hrs. This departure time provides virtually perfect connections for flights into Dubai from Sydney, Perth, Singapore and Bangkok – amongst others - and has enhanced Copenhagen’s accessibility for travellers from Southeast Asia and Australasia immensely. Since inauguration of the service, Emirates has operated A330-200 equipment with 237 seats, which could be increased by use of the larger B777 in February 2012 if developments live up to expectations.

Before leaving the topic of accessibility – SAS certainly does its best to keep Copenhagen (and the rest of Scandinavia, for that matter) accessible. The most recently published statistics confirmed that the airline has continued its run as Europe’s most punctual airline and, in August, grabbed the headlines as the world’s most punctual airline with 93.84% of all flights arriving on time.

Recognition

The story of Copenhagen winners seems to range across the board these days. Last time we sent out our notes in “On the Move”, two of the world’s major cuisine awards had just put the spotlight on Copenhagen.

This time there are three awards we are pleased to tell you about, two of which are of no little importance to our industry. The Air Transport Research Society has again recognised Copenhagen Airport as Europe’s most efficient airport (the sixth occasion during the last eight years!) – a recognition which is based airline satisfaction, handling agency satisfaction and – not least - passenger satisfaction. The recent World Low Cost Airline Congress, held in London, voted CPH Go – Copenhagen Airport’s dedicated low cost flight terminal – as the world’s best low cost airport facility, citing that "the winner has built a modern, efficient facility which offers low cost airlines outstanding service and possibilities”.

Danish architects and designers have long been recognised around the world, not only for innovative solutions but for the quality of these solutions. Names such as Arne Jacobsen and JørnUtzon have been joined during the last decade by BjarkeIngels. BjarkeIngels’ innovative thinking first received worldwide recognition in 2008 when the project known as VM Bjerget (VM Mountain) won the Housing Award at the World Architectural Festival. And now he has done it again – this time the complex known as 8tallet (Figure 8) has won the award for the world’s best housing project at the 2011 World Architecture Festival. 8tallet is designed to be people friendly for inhabitants of all ages with architectural solutions that are characterised by sustainability and innovation.

Wide Ranging New Nordic Cuisine

We couldn’t leave you without food for thought! The New Nordic Cuisine trend, we understand is no longer confined to such culinary temples as Restaurant noma, Geranium Restaurant and Restaurant AOC (to take just three from Copenhagen’s long list). 7,800 kilometres away, at the Willows Inn on Lummi Island in Washington, chef Blaine Wetzel is creating dishes that are notable for inspiration gathered while he was working with René Redzepi at noma in Copenhagen. Without wishing to advertise for the inn, the New York Times wrote “one of 10 restaurants worth a plane ride” which must almost be one of the best recommendations for New Nordic Cuisine. Experience it where it all started!!

 

Sustainability, sustainable events, innovative cuisine, easy (and on time!) accessibility and programmes with a carbon footprint that is good for the conscience – Copenhagen is an award winning destination which offers discriminating clients the perfect choice.

Contact us for an in-depth descriptive text for the above programme which is ideal for groups of 25 to 35 participants.

 

For more information, please contact Mr. Flemming Madsen at denmark@euromic.com

Copenhagen

Axel Hotel Guldsmeden

Middelgrunden Windmills

Restaurant Cap Horn

National Museum

Brew Pub

Oresund Bridge

Restaurant Salt & Brygga

Tivoli Christmas Market

SAS Plane

CPH go

Restaurant Geranium

Restaurant noma